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GAME: St. Louis Blues (20-40-13) at Minnesota Wild (34-34-7).

TIME: Tuesday, 8 p.m. EDT.

The St. Louis Blues look to avoid tying their franchise-record losing streak at 11 games when they visit the Minnesota Wild.

Coming into this season, the longest skid in Blues history was seven games set in 1967-68 and matched during the 1988-89 campaign.

St. Louis set a new franchise record for consecutive defeats with 11 from Oct. 20-Nov. 12, lost nine straight from Jan. 4-20 and has now dropped 10 in a row after falling 2-1 at Nashville on Saturday.

The Blues have been outscored 41-15 since their last victory, a 3-2 win over Columbus on March 13.

"It is tough right now, but we have been pushing hard," said Mike Glumac, who scored St. Louis' goal on Saturday. "The past few games, we haven't been outplayed, but a few bounces here and there didn't go our way."

St. Louis will play the final nine games of the season without starting goaltender Patrick Lalime, who suffered a torn ACL in his left knee when Nashville's Scott Hartnell collided with him.

The Blues have recalled Chris Beckford-Tseu from Peoria of the AHL to replace Lalime. Beckford-Tseu was 4-4-1 with a 3.17 goals-against average in 13 games with the Rivermen after going 16-1-2 with a 1.87 GAA earlier this season with Alaska of the ECHL.

Minnesota's recent struggles continued with a 3-2 loss on Sunday to Detroit. The Wild, on the verge of being eliminated from postseason contention, have dropped 11 of 16 since the Olympic break.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead just 1:33 into the game, but Detroit scored the next three goals to take command. Two of the Red Wings' scores came on the power play against a Wild team that owns the league's best penalty kill.

"There's a reason why (Detroit) is on top of the league," Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire said. "They have guys that move the puck very well, guys that can shoot. They see the entire ice.

"It's fun to watch, but not when you're behind the other bench."

Marian Gaborik, who scored his 34th goal Sunday, has three goals and four assists during a five-game point streak against St. Louis.

STANDINGS: Blues - 53 points, 5th place, 59 PB, Central Division. Wild - 75 points, 5th place, 18 PB, Northwest Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Blues - Scott Young, 17 goals and 46 points; Petr Cajanek, 30 assists; Barrett Jackman, 156 PIM. Wild - Gaborik, 34 goals; Brian Rolston, 44 assists and 76 points; Derek Boogaard, 146 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Blues - Power play: 14.9 percent (70 for 469), 26th in NHL. Penalty killing: 82.0 percent (346 for 422), 16th. Wild - Power play: 17.5 percent (73 for 418), 19th. Penalty killing: 87.4 percent (348 for 398), 1st.

GOALTENDERS: Blues - Reinhard Divis (0-4-0, 5.14 GAA); Beckford-Tseu (no appearances). Wild - Manny Fernandez (28-17-6, 1 SO, 2.30); Josh Harding (no record).


LAST MEETING: March 10, Blues, 2-1 (OT). At St. Louis, rookie Lee Stempniak scored on a deflection 25 seconds into the extra session.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Blues - 9-21-7 on the road; Wild - 20-16-2 at home.

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